W-enger W-atch

Can be pronounced V-enger V-otch, I’m easy on that one.

Tell you what though, our Man in Brazil is having one or two re-thinks. Only last night he texted me this:

cesc v bsr

Ooo la la mon meilleur ami Didite. J’ai vu le match entre les Smokey Dopey Dutchies et Les Espagnols, et zoot alors, ils ont jouer le W-Formation de mon grand pere Herbie Chapman. Peut etre, on va jouer les trois a derriere le saison prochain a Arsenal. Juste pour une blague.

Mon Dieu Didite, qu’est ce, les Espagnols sont fini. Merci Dennis. Maintenant on peut jouer le mix entre le vitesse et pouvoir du style anglais avec juste un tout petit peu du tiki tiki taki. Un peu comme les mangeur des saucisse?

spain go out

Aussi, Didite, tous les equipes jouent avec un sole grand ‘un en haut., mais ils ont tous complete merde. Regarde Fred. Pas exactement “heureux jours” n’est pas.


J’ai entendu qu’il y a beaucoup de chit chat en Angleterre au sujet de Mario Balotelli. Je vous ai dire  c’est mon dernier contract a Arsenal, et, comment on dit on Anglais “I’ll be buggered if I’m not going out with a banging”. Est-ce que mon anglais est correct?


J’aime beaucoup son style de chevaux Mohawk de Mario. C’est surement plus Le Rouge Freddie que Dingdong Frimpong, donc tout va bien.

Dites moi quelque chose Didite, vous etes les grands ballons du chien sur les ticytactics, ou est ce que je vais jouer cet Mario? J’ai vu comment SAF a prit l’autre lunatique Eric Cantona est le transforme a joue juste derriere d’un strikere, mais je vais jouer le Mesut dans la poche, donc je crois que il cera impossible de jouer Mario et Ollie au meme temps.

Ok, a bientot mon ami, je dois frapper la rue.

xxx A

ps For those of you who don’t speak high level eloquent French, Arsene is basically texting his observations, and thoughts on what he may be bringing back to The Arsenal. You seen anything relevant?

écrit par MickyDidIt89


293 Responses to W-enger W-atch

  1. Big Raddy says:

    Took me a while but a very entertaining exercise for the old brain.

    Loved this …. “vous etes les grands ballons du chien sur les ticytactics”

    Next time I write a post it will be in Danish 😀

  2. Micky – what fun, I’ve tried to add a translation but you’ve used some very rude words that I don’t think I should include in the post.

    Oh and I tried very hard to find a pic of Ollie and Mario together but quel surprise there weren’t any 😉

  3. Hadrien says:

    I’m french and It’s funny for once to read your post in French 🙂

  4. arnie says:

    ha ha ha, Micky. 🙂 too much effort for so early in the motning (having just woken up! 😛 ). But I know how to do this, so will do so very soon.

    However, what were the main objectives of a post in French:

    a) use some expletives which would otherwise be banned on AA;

    b) increase readership and comments by writing about the French and drawing the French Gooners in; and/or

    c) trying to cosy up to Bayonne Jean.

    🙂 🙂 🙂

  5. You show off Mdi89 – next time I do a post, if I ever do, it’ll be in Klingon.

    Heghlu’meH QaQ jajvam Mdi89 !

  6. peter says:

    …and if i ever write a post it will be in swahil…e.g katika mechi ya jana uhispania walibaki kuduwaa baada ya kubanduliwa nje ya kinyang’annyiro cha kombe la dunia kwa kuzabwa mabao mawili bila jibu…

  7. Rasp says:

    Très drôle Micky 😛

    Ah herp ve doooo sign ze soooper Mario

  8. Rasp says:

    Very good Peter …. 🙂

    “in the last match of Spain remained illusion after reaching out to kinyang’annyiro the World Cup with two goals without reply kuzabwa”???

  9. Big Raddy says:

    I have to say Micky makes much more sense in French than he does in English

  10. fatgingergooner says:

    Going to be a tense game tonight. Four points could well be enough to get out of this group, assuming Italy best Costa Rica tomorrow, so no need to be reckless. I can see a 0-0.

  11. peter says:

    almost there Rasp,…”spain were left stunned yesterday after being bundled out of the world cup by Chile,they were beaten by two goals to nil”.that’s it now.

  12. peter says:

    try this one Rasp…”Fununu za sema kwamba klabu ya uingereza,arsenali inaandaa karatasi kumnasa nyota wa Ac Millan na Italia Mario Baloteli,kwa kumpa mkataba utakao muwezesha kupokea kitita cha pauni 180,000 kwa wiki”

  13. arnie says:

    So, that is what Didit was up to in the Houses of Parliament! 🙂

    Interestingly, Google translate translated “SAF” as “FAS”! 😛

  14. arnie says:

    Wenger going out with a bang? and therefore the intention to sign Mario. and why not? 🙂 🙂

    Following in the footsteps of RedNose, eh? Obtaining the services of the Cutch Dunt for just the one year to buy some glory? Sad, but can live with that. 😦

  15. Rasp says:

    Hi peter, this is what google translate says:

    “Rumors of England said that club, arsenali entangle paper compiles Ac Millan star of Italy Mario Baloteli, to give him a contract that will be enabled to receive charts £ 180,000 a week”

  16. Lamine says:

    Cette article est plaine d’erreur grammaticales. C’est tres marrant. Je Paris que c’est tappe en englais et convertis en francais en utilisant google translate. De route facon prions qu’arsene trouve de bon joueurs pour nous pendand qu’il se baigne au soleil. Balotelli est un choix risqué mais s’il change son comportement et evite d’avoir des cartons, il peut etre un des meilleurs. Mais peut-il?

  17. Big Raddy says:

    Lamine. Bolleaux mon ami 😀

  18. peter says:

    lol!,thats funny,looks they translated it word by word,no wonder it’s making litle sense.

  19. mickydidit89 says:

    Not true Lamine. No google used. Problem highlighted by a text I received from Arsene a few short moments ago:

    “Didit, me old mucker, saw the article. Problem is that I’ve been in England a long time now, and I’ve regressed to a type of Franglais. The advantage being that those, like Santi, with the most basic understanding can get the gist.

    I realize, and apologize to any full-on Frenchies, that English expressions do not translate. It’s une blague 🙂

    Anyway, grand bissou. xA”

  20. mickydidit89 says:

    Oh and Lamine

    I agree Arsene is flopping about in his thong, but I reckon Balotelli could “do a Cantona” and change.

  21. peter says:

    “rumour has it english football club,arsenal are prepare work to offer Ac Millan And Italy star a contract that will enable him receive 180,000 pounds a week”.

  22. RA says:


    Micky does speak français, but he speaks it the way he speaks English – on ne sait pas ce qu’ il dit – il parle français mieux que l’anglais.

    [Mais ne lui dites pas.] 🙂

  23. arnie says:

  24. mickydidit89 says:

    RA 🙂

  25. kelsey says:

    Sacrebleu Monsieur Micky.

    Oy vez iz mir.

    You are a real maven 🙂

  26. arnie says:

    Against potential top 4 opponents:

    August: None
    Sept: Shitty (H)
    Oct: Chelshit (A)
    Nov: ManUre (H)
    Dec: Pool (A)
    Jan: Shitty (A)
    Feb: None
    Mar: None
    Apr: Pool (H), Chelshit (H)
    May: ManUre (A)

    Against the also-rans:

    August: Everton (A)
    Sept: Totnumb (H)
    Dec: S’ton (H)
    Jan: S’ton (A)
    Feb: Totnumb (A), Everton (H)

    OK schedule, IMO. COYG 🙂 🙂

  27. mickydidit89 says:


    Someone made an interesting point yesterday (sorry to whoever) that doom clusters (sorry Crystals) allow a run to build up during the easier games.

    Like you though, I’m happy with the spread.

  28. mickydidit89 says:

    Where/will Roy play Rooney?

    Central is my choice.

  29. kelsey says:

    His favorite position Micky,in the hole.

    IMO Chelsea have bought a duffer in de Costa.He will get sent off more than he scores and Torres what can you say and that’s not even mentioning Cesc.

  30. Norfolk Gooner says:

    Kelsey if you had Torres in your team as the main striker, Costa would look like a life saver. 😀

  31. GunnerN5 says:

    Mon dieu mon amie.

    Your broken French is better than my best English.

  32. etfaust says:

    Please don’t even think about signing Fred…

  33. Eddie says:

    ey? what’s that all about DdiIt? I could only understand Merci Dennis and lunatique Eric Cantona 🙂

    etaust – could you elaborate please?

  34. Big Raddy says:

    How deep is the hole Rooney should play in?

    IMO he is too good a player to suffer the oxen who play around him. Henderson, Sturridge, Welbeck, Gerard, Johnson. Bunch of mugs who wouldn’t get into AFC youth team.

  35. 26may1989 says:

    Right, I’m now sulking. Arnie’s comments of 12.32 and 12.41 rain on the parade that is the (admittedly very dull) post I wrote and submitted last night re our 2014-15 schedule, but which got trumped today by micky’s franglais effort.

    Harumph. Am shuffling off to the corner…..

  36. fatgingergooner says:

    Commentator pronouncing James Rodriguez first name as ‘ham-es’.

    English commentators using foreign pronunciations needs to go into room 101. It’s terrible.

  37. fatgingergooner says:

    Tonight I would play:-

    Johnson Cahill Jagielka Shaw
    Gerrard Wilshere
    Sterling Rooney Lallana

  38. Big Raddy says:

    26. I for one would like to read your post.

    Tonight I would play the same team as FGG. We need to attack from the off and not focus on Cavani and Suarez.

  39. mickydidit89 says:

    Hey 26, come back.

    Your word “effort” referring to my post is harsh, but most understandable 🙂

    Must tell you it was submitted yesterday early following the plea from Her, so please don’t think I barged in all heavy like

    Now behave, and wait in line 🙂

  40. mickydidit89 says:



  41. GunnerN5 says:

    Looks like you really didit this time Micky, you’ve seen off 26M and I think revenge will be on his mind. If I were you I’d do the French thing and wave the white flag.

  42. chas says:

    Three at the back and the sausage has already been eaten. Totally agree.
    My favourite post since I first stumbled across the site.

  43. mickydidit89 says:

    I’ve really “done it” so many times in my life, that I’m used to it

  44. 26may1989 says:

    OK, sulk over….

    Actually, micky I think your effort (or as we say in French, “effort”…. 🙂 ) is great.

    Et ce soir, 2-0 pour les rosbifs, je pense. Allez les blancs!!

  45. mickydidit89 says:

    Ahhhh Chas
    Best Mates again then? 🙂

  46. mickydidit89 says:

    Gerv 🙂

  47. GunnerN5 says:

    Gerv the swerv,

  48. mickydidit89 says:

    Love the term “les rosbifs”

  49. ai-zed says:

    anyone watching the ivory coast game? Yao gervinho just scored a beautiful solo goal!

  50. 26may1989 says:

    Blimey, there’s some Ivorian bloke who looks fantastic, just what we need.

    Wait a sec……

  51. mickydidit89 says:

    What a cracking match

  52. fatgingergooner says:

    Aurier puts a wicked ball in and looks decent when defending one on one. I would still prefer PL experience of Coleman though.

    Great goal by Gervinho.

  53. mickydidit89 says:

    There is, isn’t there 26

  54. GunnerN5 says:

    And our faithful booed him……………..good grief – some “supporters”

  55. 26may1989 says:

    Aurier looking very buyable. Looks more Lauren than Eboué.

  56. 26may1989 says:

    Didn’t Didier Zakora play for Spurs at some point?

  57. 26may1989 says:

    Four minutes extra? Webb really is a muppet.

  58. GunnerN5 says:

    Muppet sound like a MU pet

  59. mickydidit89 says:

    Do Ivory Coast go out if they lose this?
    Would be a great shame

  60. kelsey says:

    Former Republic of Ireland defender Mark Lawrenson

    MOTD analyst

    Colombia 2-1 Ivory Coast

    Posted at

    “Gervinho must have gone past three tackles – he skipped past the Colombian players. But I think the Colombia goalkeeper could have done better. If he gets a bigger hand on it then he would have stopped it. That will surely give Ivory Coast some momentum.”
    Wenger speaking on French TV said there is a huge possibility we will buy him back.

  61. ai-zed says:

    going by his showing in this world cup so far, aurier is looking far better than corporal jenks

  62. 26may1989 says:

    Excellent, GN5!

  63. kelsey says:

    I wouldn’t play Wilshere.Urugay 🙂 are one of the most physical games at this WC. Remember the opening match in 1966.

  64. kelsey says:

    I still expect us to win by the odd goal.

  65. kelsey says:

    No they don’t Mickey.

  66. 26may1989 says:

    “Remember the opening match in 1966”?

    Umm, no, I don’t. 🙂

  67. mickydidit89 says:

    Table tennis, then back. Can’t wait.

  68. GunnerN5 says:

    Of all things I’m on a school run to pick up the grand kids at England’s game time, so I’m going to watch it later. I would tell anybody else to go for a hike – but not my grand kids.

  69. kelsey says:

    Anyway according to my crystals/sauce we have purchased two players one in attack and one in defence.Will be announced on July 2nd.

  70. GunnerN5 says:

    Kelsey how “odd” will the goal be?

  71. GunnerN5 says:

    So now you are on the sauce as well, Kelsey get a grip!

  72. GunnerN5 says:

    Kelsey I hope your crystals are correct on this one, we need top class help in both areas. One area that seems to have gone quiet is a back up goalkeeper, we simply must get one.

  73. kelsey says:

    Wilshere doesn’t start so most probably being saved for the third game.

    2-1 to England

  74. stevepalmer1 says:

    Evening all.
    I’m sure it was a wonderful post,, being thick i couldn’t understand a word, but i’m sure with Wenger’s name associated with it, it must be telling me he has found his new players, and we will see them soon.

    Always the same Italians one side of me and Moroccans the other side so i can’t even ask them.

  75. Big Raddy says:

    Crap team which shows why Hodgson has never managed a top side.

    No bottle and a reiance on effort over ingenuity.

    But nevertheless…….

    Come on Engerland

  76. mickydidit89 says:

    Come on England

  77. 26may1989 says:

    Raddy, Inter Milan not a top side?

  78. 26may1989 says:

    England looking sluggish….

  79. 26may1989 says:

    Fantastic effort from Shrek.

  80. arnie says:

    When I wrote early afternoon, it was Durham, now Cambridge. Missed the Gervs-Aurier-Cuadrado show. 😦

    Apols, 26may 😛 Your post will be brilliant. 🙂 🙂

    Come on Engerland. 🙂 🙂

  81. 26may1989 says:

    Was only kidding, arnie, but you knew that!

  82. arnie says:

    26m: 🙂 🙂 🙂

  83. fatgingergooner says:

    When we play through midfield we look dangerous. Long balls upto Sturridge are too easy for them to deal with

  84. Big Raddy says:

    26. Not when he was there 😀

    I like the man but think he is out of his depth as he was at Anfield

  85. 26may1989 says:

    England have been really unimpressive for the most part.

  86. fatgingergooner says:

    Gerrard and Henderson both coming too deep. Exactly why I would’ve started with Wilshere, so he can link Gerrard and Rooney. Henderson can’t do that job.

  87. 26may1989 says:

    FGG, looking at how tight Uruguay are to the oppo when not in possession, this does look like a good game for Wilshere.

  88. Big Raddy says:

    Sending off for the Urugayan captain – ref bottled it.

  89. 26may1989 says:

    Raddy, I thought Woy Hodgson was pretty good at Inter – they were really poor when he arrived, weren’t they?

  90. 26may1989 says:

    Freekicks are our best hope at the mo.

  91. Big Raddy says:

    26. Is that why they sacked him?

    Rooney should have scored that header.

  92. fatgingergooner says:


    Why have someone as composed as Wilshere when you can have someone who runs a lot like Henderson….!? 🙂

  93. mickydidit89 says:

    For me Cavani is the best striker in the world. Not surprised he’s miserable at PSG who play him wider with Ibra in the middle.

    I’d let him play central for us if I had to.

  94. arnie says:

    That was unlucky. Not a great Rooney fan 😛 Nevertheless. 😦

    The guy has a big heart, it has to be said. 🙂

  95. 26may1989 says:

    Raddy, I don’t think they did sack him, he chose to go to Blackburn. And I think they brought him back a few years later when they needed someone they trusted to be caretaker manager.

    FGG, I was really impressed with Henderson last season, but my God, he looks very ordinary in this company, doesn’t he?

  96. mickydidit89 says:

    Do I detect a note of doom in Raddyland tonight?

  97. 26may1989 says:

    Bollocks, bitey racist.

  98. arnie says:

    hmmmmm. bugger.

  99. 26may1989 says:

    We were shredded in midfield, yet again.

  100. mickydidit89 says:

    That’s the last time tonight I big up Cavani 😦

  101. arnie says:

    No Gibbs in this team? beggars belief! good for us Gooners, though.

  102. Big Raddy says:

    How much would Cavani cost?

    Yes Micky – I fear the worst because this team has no inspiration in it apart from Rooney

  103. mickydidit89 says:


    We cannot blow budgets on Cesc, but we sure as hell should for Cavani 🙂

    Answer: 3.5 Zillion

  104. 26may1989 says:

    The lack of quality in our play is so frustrating.

  105. arnie says:

    history suggests we will not offer more than 40m+1. 😛

  106. arnie says:

    Not so much lack of quality, as lack of fighting spirit. IMO.

  107. mickydidit89 says:

    And Mesut cost?

  108. fatgingergooner says:

    Very poor 26, more sideways passes than Denilson! Not sure what his function is in this set up.

    Need to see Lambert, Lallana, Wilshere or Barkley second half.

    Also, if Baines is going to play so conservatively, then why not have Cole who is a far better defender?

    Easy to pick holes I suppose, but still, it’s been very limp from England so far.

  109. Big Raddy says:

    The better team is winning. We are carrying too many players – Henderson, Welbeck, Baines, Sturridge all anonymous.

    Trouble is there is no-one who can really come off the bench and change things.

    I would bring on Lallana and Wilshere (shame Ox is unfit) and take off Welbeck and the hopeless Henderson

  110. arnie says:

    Micky. well, that’s different, that was for the wizard of Ozil! 😛 There was a premium.

  111. RockyLives says:

    Makes you realize how spoilt we are: Arsenal are so much better than England.

    The inability of the CB pairing to actually play any football is pretty shocking. We are completely incapable of transitioning properly out of defence without resorting to a big hoof.

  112. arnie says:

    watched the replay again, shocking defending. 4 players cannot cover one player!

  113. 26may1989 says:

    I honestly can’t see anyone in white having played well so far. I’d bring Barkley and Wilshere on, but frankly almost anyone would be an improvement on the performances in that first half.

  114. mickydidit89 says:

    Whoa, slow down.

    Crystals promised us 2-1, so we’re bang on target.

    Oh for The Ox

  115. 26may1989 says:

    Looking just as bad this half, still just handing possession back softly.

  116. Big Raddy says:

    Rocky. Good point, we expect better because we are used to better

  117. 26may1989 says:

    We should be two or three down by now.

  118. arnie says:

    come on Engerland. still 0-1.

  119. fatgingergooner says:

    Looking forward to the Everton lad Stones developing. He actually looks like a CB who can play.

  120. fatgingergooner says:

    Will Rooney ever score in a WC!? Couldn’t have hit it any better really.

  121. Big Raddy says:

    This game is crying out for Theo.

  122. 26may1989 says:

    Ox and Theo, now that would be a welcome remedy.

  123. Big Raddy says:

    We have no width and are relying on Baines and Johnson for crosses.

    Come on Woy – change things.

  124. fatgingergooner says:

    No way that lad should stay on the pitch. He was knocked clean out.

  125. 26may1989 says:

    What is wrong with Baines, why is he refusing to cross the bloody ball? Isn’t that the whole point of having him in the side??

  126. Big Raddy says:

    Sturridge is having an awful game, as is Welbeck.

  127. fatgingergooner says:

    There you are BR, our only genuine wide man has been taken off! 🙂

  128. Big Raddy says:

    Stupid to take off Sterling. At least he has pace if nothing else

    Henderson should have been subbed

  129. fatgingergooner says:

    Get Lambert and Wilshere on for Henderson and Welbeck.

    Barkley Gerrard Wilshere
    Lambert Sturridge

  130. 26may1989 says:

    At least there’s more energy in the team now. Still not great but it’s something.

  131. 26may1989 says:

    So in the last five minutes, we’ve seen petulant fouls from Gerrard, Cahill and Rooney. Good to see the experienced players doing well.

  132. fatgingergooner says:

    We’ve put these central players on and made space for Baines and Johnson to get forward, so why isn’t Lambert on?

  133. 26may1989 says:


  134. arnie says:

    a worrd cup goal for Rooney

  135. We’ve scored, blimey 🙂

  136. fatgingergooner says:

    Well that will do. Lambert, Rooney? It’s all the same!

    Get in there!!!!

    Let’s win this now.

  137. 26may1989 says:

    One of the few pieces of quality play, when Sturridge worked the ball on the wing and released Johnson.

    Come on!

  138. arnie says:

    look at Woy’s dance.

  139. Big Raddy says:

    Get in,,,,,

    Come on England.

  140. That was very good build up play actually, well done boys.

  141. arnie says:

    come on Engerland

  142. 26may1989 says:

    Finally, our lot have started to play. Uruguay looking tired.

  143. arnie says:

    Crystals prediction is on …… 😛

  144. mickydidit89 says:

    Rub it hard Crystals

  145. Big Raddy says:

    Exciting game now

  146. arnie says:

    Cahill is playing very well

  147. 26may1989 says:

    Bollocks Mk II.

  148. arnie says:

    poor poor again. bum.

  149. fatgingergooner says:

    Oh dear

  150. arnie says:

    left side of defence again.

  151. Big Raddy says:

    What a finish from Suarez.

  152. 26may1989 says:

    So looks like it’s us that won’t get out of the group stage. Oh well, it’s not like our team is good enough to have got very far. Uruguay deserve to win tonight.

  153. 26may1989 says:

    Anyone see that Scottish fan – love it!

  154. 26may1989 says:

    That must be it.

  155. fatgingergooner says:

    So does this mean we get a New England manager?

  156. Big Raddy says:

    Mass clear out needed and an injection of youth into the England team.

    We have the players coming through but Woy chose to stick with experience (understandably).

    Now we have the chance for change. Young manager, young team – Stones, Wilshere, Theo, Ox, Barkley, Shaw, Hart, Chambers, Sterling etc

    Sadly, we are still missing a striker.

  157. arnie says:

    well well well. 😦

  158. 26may1989 says:

    Trouble was we only turned up for 20 minutes. No matter how limited the talent of the available players, how can we have played with such lethargy for so long?

  159. mickydidit89 says:

    Whoa, we can still qualify, but hard to see Italy showing up against Uruguay

  160. mickydidit89 says:

    The good news is that I’ve developed a new, and frankly sensational, theory

    Must not jump the post queue though 🙂

    And on that low note, it’s goodnight from him. Goodnight.

  161. Big Raddy says:

    We played with fear. How many decent passes did we see? How many times did a player take on his man? Where was the movement into space?

    When a team has confidence they play expansively, today England were inhibited which is not good enough.

  162. Big Raddy says:

    Let’s hope we see the Ox and Jack start against Costa Rica

    Good night

  163. Shard says:

    Sorry chaps. England got exactly what they deserved. If anything they were lucky to even get it back to 1-1.

    I expected a draw before the game, but when I saw Henderson start I knew they’d lose. What’s the point of Henderson? He can’t contribute to building play from midfield, he can’t provide protection to the defense, I haven’t seen the stats but did he provide any interceptions or tackles? He certainly missed a few important ones.

    England aren’t overly blessed with technical ability in this squad and then they decide to leave out the few players who have that. Wilshere for one. Barkley another. Not that I think Barkley is great or Welbeck that bad, but he does have an edge in technical ability.

    But as always, England seem to think that gap can be made up by running around really fast and getting stuck in.. Trouble was, Uruguay are more than prepared to deal with the physical stuff, even if the referee would oblige.

    Speaking of which, Alvaro Perreira! Not the wisest decision to let him play on, but he really showed some of that famous’ English’ grit. Sterling knew he’d connected with his head, and not only did he play on, he then dived, appealed for the penalty and then walked off. I was very disappointed to see that because that could have been very dangerous.

    So, can we have a post in Italian tomorrow seeing as England’s only chance of qualifying is if Italy beat both Costa Rica and Uruguay.

  164. fatgingergooner says:

    Another limp World Cup performance. A tough group though.

    Changes needed at all levels, not just within this group of players. There are some good youngsters coming through, but I would struggle to name a 22 man squad for 4 years time. Until English players learn to play through midfield and in small spaces then we will struggle at these tournaments.

    Anyway, still a brilliant World Cup to enjoy, with or without England.

  165. Gööner In Exile says:

    Sorry Raddy, but we had that opportunity after 2010, and again after the Euro’s and most of the changes this time have only been made because players really did get too old.

    The only youth Hodgson has taken has been around the England setup for the last twelve months max, whereas they should have been it at the Euro’s or at least all the WC Qualifying. Gerard shouldn’t have been there, the only player in my view from previous failures who should have stayed in the frame is Rooney. The biggest kicker for me was replacing Cole with Baines, 3 years in it age wise (if that). Should have been Shaw and Gibbs out there. That’s not building for the future it’s picking the in form players that are the medias flavour of the month.

    Just look at Germany after 2006, total rebuild ground up, put a squad together and stuck with them.

    Maybe then Sterling wouldn’t be list in his own ego tonight after earning plaudits from Italy game he would have got these kind of attitudes out of his system a while ago. He would also have realised that what works in the PL doesn’t cut it in International football.

    As soon as we equalised Gerard as experienced leader and captain should have been getting everyone back, settled and solid.

    I could go on. But the only time we looked good was when Barkley came on and started playing freely, Sturridge and Rooney both came alive too.

    It really is a disgrace that England players are some of the highest paid footballers at the WC and we produce that pile of poo.

    And ok Spain can be accused of the same failings. But the big difference is you can forgive them for sticking by a team that won 3 major titles in 3 major tournaments on the bounce.

  166. 26may1989 says:

    Jagielka, Baines, Johnson, Welbeck, Henderson, Gerrard and Sterling were terrible this evening. Rooney had a couple of moments, Sturridge likewise and Cahill and Hart were almost OK. Barkley lifted the side.

  167. arnie says:

    In addition to everything else above.

    Unless England cultivate the culture of skillful football rather than robust mercenary rugby-style violence, things will continue to be difficult. We need to get referees be merciless on offenses.

  168. 26may1989 says:

    Excellent comments from Shard and Exile.

    “It really is a disgrace that England players are some of the highest paid footballers at the WC and we produce that pile of poo.” Yup, on the button.

  169. 26may1989 says:

    Arnie, I do think that culture of technique is building in England (eg, we won the European U18 championship or something similar), but it takes time. It doesn’t help when referees and the FA tolerated so recently something as grotesque and destructive as Pulis’s Stoke, but I do think things are moving in the right direction. I can’t see us having a golden generation like Germany’s to bring through but if we were serious, we could follow the example of France.

  170. arnie says:

    And yes 26m, we need to be discerning in paying correct value for English players. Some of them need to be shown their place. On the world stage, not only the EPL.

  171. arnie says:

    Agreed 26may. A ray of light, and hopefully it will bear fruit.

  172. fatgingergooner says:


    Exactly. Wenger got it spot on when he said more time needs to go into coaching and less time into games. Teach the kids how to become technical players with football intelligence. Don’t send them out to play games every week where winning is more important than development. That’s how bad habits form like lumping it forward with 10 minutes to go because you’re losing.

    Spain were dreadful yesterday, but at no point did they resort to long balls. They are taught to play football and to open teams up through passing.

  173. fatgingergooner says:

    I’d actually like to see Gary Neville given the England job with at least 4 years to build a side.

    Just start from scratch and bring in some fresh ideas. Don’t mess about like we did with Stuart Pearce. Just give Neville the job and let him have the space and time to develop a more European style of play with these more technically gifted players that are coming through.

    The likes of Sterling, Wilshere, Gibbs, Stones, Ox, Barkley, Sturridge, Lallana, Shaw etc have the skills to play a passing game.

  174. arnie says:

    Agreed, FGG, let us hope lessons are learnt. If we perform poorly against Costa Rica, it can be worse still. That is not so unlikely, no matter how poor we feel football culture is in counties like Costa Rica. Changes are required in the system.

  175. 26may1989 says:

    Good call on Neville G, with the squad drawn from the likes of Walcott, Butland, Stones, Shaw, Phil Jones, Flanagan, Tom Carroll, Morrison, Wilshere, Barkley, Ince, Zaha, Sterling, Ox, Kane, Afobe, Wickham, Gibbs, Hart, Smalling, Sterling, Lallana, Rodriguez, Chambers, Jenkinson etc.

    Shame it isn’t England & Wales though…………

  176. Gööner In Exile says:

    FGG I’m afraid that’s one area I disagree with Arsene, how many of the players putting in better technical performances than England tonight actually had more coaching hours than England as kids?

    There was a WC preview with Mark Watson and Henning Veng and they toured South America, they went to this one place where apparently some world star was first spotted (can’t remember who) they had an armed guard to take them and the scout into the slum, the pitch was all dust and the age range of players was 10 to 40. But that environment manges to produce some of the best players in world football, ok they may then be picked up at around 10-14 and coached but a lot of their experience has been gained in those environments.

    It’s the culture of the football that they watch on TV which dictates how they learn to play. It’s the fact that they are playing on a dust bowl wearing burnt out trainers which means they learn good ball control.

    But them that’s just South America, not much different in Africa, but doesn’t legislate for so many European team better than us too, that’s probably the bit about the football they watch, as 26 says whilst agricultural football like Stoke’s is accepted in the top flight why would we have anything different from the players coming through.

    If we want to improve the national side you get a coach like Southampton had in charge of the academy to implement a root and branch overhaul of the whole of coaching setup in the Emglish FA and dictate to the clubs that they must coach that way and that they aren’t looking for the biggest tallest strongest but the technically gifted first and foremost. Even stoppers from other nations have better ball control than some of our “flair” players.

    Watch how difficult some England players make controlling the ball look, long ball coming to Cahill tonight one man in relatively close attendance but not rushing him, if that was another playe he would let the ball come across his body take a good touch with his right foot and play the ball quickly on his second, Cahill didn’t trust his touch so he chests it away from the opponent then has to have another touch (after he sprinted to stop the ball going out of play) and all he could do was pass to Johnson up the line bac use by cheating it where he did he closed off three quarters of the pitch.

    Oh and while I’m moaning, Joe Hart!!!! Basic goalkeeping technique, it is much easier to get your hands down to the floor than up in the air. Gravity assistance and all that, so when you go to shut down a player on a bouncing ball keep your f***ing arms high because there is little chance even a player of Suarez’s capabilities can keep that shot low, and your feet are down there already and much bigger with legs than your arms. Basic goalkeeping coaching that I received at ten years old!

  177. arnie says:

  178. Shard says:

    Jay Rodriguez, Ward-Prowse, Fabian Delph, Chambers, Kyle Naughton, Carl Jenkinson, Zaha. Just some players who should be looked at apart from the ones mentioned above.

    With Theo, Sturridge, Rooney, and players like Rodriguez, Ox and Welbeck, the striking positions should be covered.

    Defense needs some work but I don’t think the players are that bad. Smalling and Jones are decent, I like Jagielka and Cahill. Add in Stones, maybe someone like Caulker.

    Midfield is the biggest problem. Wilshere, Barkley, have some quality, but what beyond that? I think Delph, maybe Dan Gosling and Jack Rodwell, James Ward-Prowse. Maybe ravel Morrison in the future. A lot of those are gambles, but that is why it is important to build for the future. Give them a chance. They can’t be worse than that so called golden generation, and hopefully they will help carry an attitude change into the PL too.

  179. fatgingergooner says:


    Kids in this country are cheered from the sidelines by their own parents for tough tackling, getting stuck in, and working hard. How can that help when tackles are barely allowed in the modern game? They should be spending more time doing passing drills and learning to have their head up. Playing games isn’t really helping them if they are not doing the right things on the pitch.

    When I was a kid I went to play some friendlies in Holland and saw that teams are not grouped by age, they are grouped by ability. This makes so much sense. The better players will develop much quicker in this sort of environment. They are also encouraged to pass and move, not kick lumps from each other. As you say, this is what we should be encouraging from the grass roots up.

  180. Gööner In Exile says:

    We might not like Terry Venables much, but look at the sides he put out in Euro 96.

    Vs Switzerland







    Vs Scotland

    As above Sheringham for Barmby

    Vs Holland

    As per Scotland

    Vs Spain

    As above Platt instead of Ince

    Vs Germany







    How many times since then have we seen England line up with quite so many flair players capable of passing the ball ten yards or fifty yards, built on a solid back four.

    It’s not like we have had no technically good players in the last twenty years, but instead of playing Frank or StevieMe we played both, even when we didn’t we put another workhorse alongside them.

  181. fatgingergooner says:


    Do you think Harry Redknapp would’ve gotten more out of this specific group of players?

    He loves his attacking flair players, and this group is not good enough without the ball to suit Roy Hodgson’s style. Maybe the all out attack of Harry would’ve been better served?

  182. Gööner In Exile says:

    FGG I share your concerns I walk my dog over the local park and see all these coaching drills midweek, but then when I watch on Sunday morning it’s ball in the air everyone running round chasing and the biggest player scoring. These are kids aged 6-12, and they’re coached by whoever managed to get the basic coaching badge, and that basic badge is not difficult to get, and it appears as long as you can set up little passing drills you can get a badge, but converting what they learned into Matchday I’m not sure they know why they’re doing the drills.

    One of my older teammates took all the badges and went off to the States for pro employment for a girls team.he came back a few years later and took a few coaching sessions for us (a senior team)…he spent about an hour working on a drill to encourage a reverse pass. We then had a few little mini 5-a-sides you could only score if you set it up with a reverse pass. It really was a revelation to me in how coaching should be done.

    The Dutch Coever system not only grouped by ability but size, that was also a big factor.

    But my team went to Holland as teenagers and we walked over every opponent, so maybe not best.

    DB10 explains that he played every position during his youth training so when he had the ball he knew what the left back was thinking he knew where he could hurt him.

  183. Gööner In Exile says:

    And on ‘Arry, well he is unfortunately tactically inept and would not be able to coach this team any better than Roy. He may well have picked more flair players but again look at Chile look at a coach who understands the game and his players.

    Whoever the next appointment is they have to have a big pair of balls say shut the f*** up to the press and the fans and the FA have to give him 4-8 years to try something different. If he has to be English I have absolutely no idea who I’d choose. Maybe take a coach out of the lower leagues who has got the best out of a limited team, someone like Martinez when he was at Swansea changing football in the Championship, sticking to a style and a system irrespective of results.

  184. Gööner In Exile says:

    Obviously I know Martinez isn’t English but someone with that kind of ethos.

  185. fatgingergooner says:

    We actually did the Coever coaching over here and it was far more technical than what we were used to (1 hour drills, 30 minute match with no link to the drills we’d just been doing!).

    My mates dad was our manager, says it all really!

  186. Shard says:


    Someone like Bould?

  187. Shard says:

    Balls.. Check
    Ethos. Check
    Success in developing youth. Check.
    English. Check
    Tactically astute. Check (seemingly at least)

    All he doesn’t have is managerial experience, but surely working at Arsenal, next to one of the best managers in the world, should take care of that to a large enough extent.

    Bould for next England manager! As long as Arsenal don’t suffer 🙂

  188. Gööner In Exile says:

    Not a bad shout Shard although I think they’d benefit from managing lower down and getting a team promoted etc. that would earn then respect of players

  189. Shard says:

    Jurgen Klinsmann had no managerial experience before he became German team manager and laid the foundations for their side today. He faced a lot of flak from the German press but largely ignored it, and appointed Olivier Bierhoff as ‘business manager’, to take care of public relation and general management not related to coaching.

    The Germans also decided to institute a B team after Euro 2000 calling it ‘Team 2006’ which played 10 games between 2002 and 2005, It had only 4 players in the eventual world cup squad, Tim Borowski, Arne Friedrich, Mike Hanke and Timo Hildebrand.

    However, Manuel Friedrich, Alexander Madlung, Clemens Fritz, Stefan Kießling, Simon Rolfes, Robert Enke, Patrick Helmes, Mario Gómez and Roman Weidenfeller went on to play full internationals, as did Daniel Bierofka, Marco Engelhardt, Fabian Ernst, Frank Fahrenhorst, Ingo Hertzsch, Tobias Rau, Andreas Hinkel and Kevin Kurányi, who had already been capped before their Team 2006 debuts.

    This looks like a model England should follow, but do the FA have the professionalism and will to see it through? Doubtful.

  190. Shard says:


    Perhaps that is so, although I think you might struggle to find someone as qualified in all your requirements and also having been a lower league manager

    However, my knowledge in this regard is limited and that explains why I suggested the name of Steve Bould based on the criteria you’d outlined. He’s someone whose track record I’m familiar with,

  191. 26may1989 says:

    As another indicator of the parochialism of the English game, the bank of pundits on the BBC right now has Clarence Seedorf, Rio Ferdinand, Alan Shearer and Gary Lineker.

    Ferdinand’s CV: West Ham, Leeds, Man U
    Shearer: Southampton, Blackburn, Newcastle
    Lineker: Leicester, Everton, Barcelona, Spurs, Nagoya
    Seedorf: Ajax, Sampdoria, Real Madrid, Inter, AC Milan, Botafogo

    So of the three English ex-players, only one spent part of the core part of his playing career outside England. But that doesn’t compare with the Dutchman, who has played in four different leagues, building and developing his abilities as he went. What can Shearer and Ferdinand really say that has the same value as someone like Seedorf? We have a very limited view of the game, we would be a whole lot better if our players got into the habit of spending plenty of time in other leagues.

  192. mickydidit89 says:

    Wow Lads, excellent comments.

    Glue a couple of Exile’s together and call it a post.

  193. mickydidit89 says:

    I really can’t add much to the debate in terms of the technicality of training in England in the same way as Exile’s observations and experience, but I do have a Son who I used to take to midweek training, and also spent a very interesting nine hours in the car on Cup Final day with an 82 year old, who has spent his entire life devoted to grass roots football, and he paints a very depressing picture of parental touchline bullying that effects grass roots trainers and refs alike.

    Let’s face it, we couldn’t be more spoilt at Arsenal in terms of a footballing culture and philosophy that Arsene has brought, and yet even here, you only have to look at the treatment of a player like Gervinho to think “what’s the point”.

    Somewhere along the line, you have to think its tied in with the yob culture that developed in the 70’s (very unique to the UK), and this has produced the Dads of today.

  194. mickydidit89 says:

    Ok, to shift to something more entertaining for this time of day, could you, Eddie, please elaborate on the “fights” you mentioned with your new neighbours? 🙂

  195. chas says:

  196. chas says:

    Morning, Micky.
    How’s the world cup chart looking?
    Bottom of the budgie’s cage yet?

  197. chas says:

    Here’s a little dance tune from a Belgian band called Arsenal.
    It’s about two spuds trying to get into clubs with their pet chicken, Glenda but they can’t get past the doorman.

  198. chas says:

    Hey, I just found out that on youtube, if you get one of those 30 second adverts come up, all you have to do is refresh the page and your video starts immediately. 🙂

  199. mickydidit89 says:

    “Dance tune” !!!!
    Well, the good news is that I’m way past dancing 🙂
    Have to say that I think any man dancing over the age of 25 (absolute tops) looks a complete dick.

  200. mickydidit89 says:

    I preferred the Ad to the Vid 😦

    As for chart, I still have England qualifying (yikes) and a Germany Argy Final. Haven’t seen the Argies yet, although beginning to fancy a shock. Columbia?

  201. chas says:

    I could do with a list of Micky’s rules for life as an adult.
    I think I break all of them. 🙂

    Such as,
    no grown man should ever wear a replica kit shirt

    no dancing over 25

    treat 95% of your fellow human beings as the enemy

    always abuse other people to within an inch of getting beat up but no more, else your wife will have to fetch you out of A&E

    broken plimsolls to be worn on all serious mountain hiking trips

    More tips, please?

  202. chas says:

    What I’m really after is some tips on how to snare some tasty women.
    The ‘bare-chested, thong and sandals while riding my bike’ approach doesn’t seem to be having the same results as it did to when you first recommended it.

  203. mickydidit89 says:

    The nice thing about you Chas is that you live the life of a free man, whilst I’m shackled by petty grudges and an inability to mix with my own species.

    Tips for Mating. While I used to be an expert in this field, I rather fancy Transplant may be of more help to you these days

  204. mickydidit89 says:

    Actually Chas, my lifelong philosophy of never ever talk to a boring man and never ever talk to an ugly woman, is only suitable for someone that doesn’t want friends. I’m 53, and only have five, and I don’t really like 3 of them.

  205. mickydidit89 says:

    Come out of hiding Crystals and face the music 🙂

    Oh, and bring the feather duster

  206. kelsey says:

    Morning all

    2-1 it was but my ball was upside down. 🙂

    England were visibly nervous at the start and quite honestly neither Italy nor Uruguay are that impressive (Suarez at 70% fit apart)

    We don’t have the depth of squad nor individual players who can really turn it on in a WC to call them world class.What was Hodgson going to do his options were limited.
    We are spoilt in the PL was the amount of talent from overseas.

    Anyway we were never going to win it .How many years without a trophy 🙂

  207. fatgingergooner says:

    Mourinho on Özil “everytime he touches the ball, the ball smiles”

    What a great quote (aslong as he means the football!).

    Great point about English players going abroad. Its still a shock when an Englishmen even thinks of going abroad.

  208. kelsey says:

    I also think this WC is a lot more open than many initially suggested.Frane are the interesting team,Germany as usual are a threat and the South American teams playing in their own back yard have a distinct advantage.

    Looking at the attendence last night it appears that England are not a team that people rush to watch.

  209. Eddie says:

    I am truly upset about last night’s game, they should have done better, they are capable of doing better. It amazes me that some think England can still go through, no chance

  210. LB says:

    “Only score with a reverse pass” So simple and yet so brilliant.

  211. Eddie says:

    Micky – reduce number of your friends, 5 is far too many. Get rid off those 3 you don’t like. Dancing Chas??? Sweet jeezus, what next?

  212. Big Raddy says:

    Chas 6.49

    I could add some more but what happens on tour, stays on tour 😀

  213. Eddie says:

    will Roy Hodgson lose his job now? Will gorgeous Gary be given a chance?

  214. RA says:

    Morning, Guys

    Kelsey said;

    — “2-1 it was but my ball was upside down.”

    You need to stand on your feet, Crystals. gravity will help your problem. 🙂

  215. Big Raddy says:

    Morning All,

    Some very interesting discussion last night.

    The obvious man to take England into a new era is our own manager.

    Wenger has the intelligence, gravitas and power to change the FA. He has the right approach to football matters. He is a wonderful coach. He is committed to the development of youth and is insistent they have good technique.

    Thankfully, he is fully committed to AFC.

    My – how I would laugh if they take Brendan Rodgers!

  216. RA says:


    — “I’m 53, and only have five, [friends] and I don’t really like 3 of them.”

    And all 5 of them say, “can’t stand that 53 year old!”

  217. kelsey says:


    have you got a mirror on your bedroom ceiling.

    Raddy in a sentence you are meshuga 🙂

  218. arnie says:

    Motning all.

    OK, so Wenger is the best option, but he is committed to a relationship for life 😛 So, it has to be an alternative. How about RedNose? At least he will give the press and the FA a flying fig.

    Will he be approached? No, because he will give it to the FA. Will the journos suggest his name? No, because he will give them a hard time. Self-serving narrow minded parochialism! 😦

    Anyway, if (when) we beat Costa Rica, all the hurt and pain will be forgotten. The world’s injustices will be cited for the losses, and the hallowed football culture for the victory.

    It will all be back to the beginning!

  219. arnie says:

    BTW, forgot to mention, fantastic discussion chums.

    Can we have a photo/ vid of Evonne’s scuffles with the swamp dwellers?

    Chas, it might help to know what kind of women you would prefer. 😛

  220. LBG says:

    Found myself:- feeling sorry for Rooney, disliking Suarez even more, because for all his cheating, diving, horrible slimy character,he is a brilliant footballer, and being grateful that all my real passion is stored up for a new season and my beloved Arsenal.

  221. Big Raddy says:

    arnie. The scottish press must be happy!

    It would make sense to give it to Neville – but would he want the job?

    Who else is there? Sherwood! Moyes?

  222. Eddie says:

    Raddy – I think Gary should get the job. His has proven over the past year that he knows about football, his career are a testament to his skills, hard work and commitment. He is young, good looking, likable. He is my main man for the job

  223. kelsey says:

    Who actually wants the job.Club before country for many of the overpaid prima donna players.

    It’s pathetic we can’t find a suitable English manager who would even want the job.

  224. kelsey says:

    Good looking, eddie/evonne 🙂

  225. Eddie says:

    kels – watch the vid, it is fantastic. Look, I have already explained it times and times again – it is the personality, body language, smiles that make me think someone is goodlooking or not. Ronaldo is ugly to me, Wayne is ok, Gary is gorgeous

  226. arnie says:

    Raddy. Who cares about the Scottish press. I am sure they are obnoxious, but perhaps less so than the English press. At least in their behaviour towards the rest of the world.

    I am sure the average Scottish person is sad, not rejoicing. 😦

  227. stevepalmer1 says:

    Morning all,
    Still bitterly disappointed with last nights result, but looking at it realistically, when money has been reduced for grass roots English football, and the Government would rather spend billions on Iraq and Syria and Iran, also of course the 30 million we just donated to Afghanistan makes you understand what the government actually feel that the English are really interested in.

    English people are down today, we wait for a lifeline from Italy, when we should have been able to have won at least one of our opening games on our own steam.

    Anything English is not important in England any more, as far as the the people in charge are concerned they would rather start wars in foreign countries to secure oil prices, instead of pumping it out of their own reserves and letting us all have cheaper fuel, but hang on didn’t they do that with natural gas and look how cheap that was.

    Maybe we should have kept the coal mines open, at least our multi cultural England side could have had jobs when they get back from Brazil.

    Yes i am looking for some one to blame this morning, bloody gutted, and to expect others to get us out of this mess pisses me off even more.

  228. mickydidit89 says:


    “Chas, it might help to know what kind of women you would prefer”

    Generally speaking, I believe he prefers the ones that were born that way, although as with most things, he takes a reasonably relaxed view

  229. Morning all

    Sorry guys, we haven’t had a chance to sort GunnerN5’s post yet so can you chat among yourselves for a bit ……………

  230. GunnerN5 says:

    Wow, just the mention of my post stops the blog.
    I should have called myself JonasN5.

  231. mickydidit89 says:

    one two, one two

  232. mickydidit89 says:

    Am I on today or am I not?

  233. I’m sorry, I only just got back in front of the computer, as there’s no-one around shall we save GN5’s post for tomorrow?????

  234. RA says:

    I think that would be sensible Peaches – and GN5s Post will hopefully get the better response it deserves! 🙂

  235. RA says:

    Are you ‘on’ what, Micky? The sofa? The young lady from down the road? Dodgy Drugs? Big Raddy? (No thought association with the last two items. 🙂

  236. GunnerN5 says:

    Aha people are around today.

    Peaches put up the quiz that I sent you, its not football related but a nice brain teaser.

  237. Big Raddy says:

    Quiz! Quiz!

    RA. I am as clean as a clean thing can be and have been so for a couple of decades 😀

  238. 26may1989 says:

    Just switched on. I know I should want Italy to win but how was the penalty nor given?

    Oh my word, Ruiz has scored….

  239. arnie says:


  240. kelsey says:

    Balotelli or Campbell ? Maybe make a good post.

    That was a stone wall penalty.

  241. arnie says:

    Campbell is already ours. 🙂

  242. 26may1989 says:

    Well, that simplifies matters, us out, Costa Rica through. Stunning.

  243. Big Raddy says:

    I think we could be going home pointless.

  244. Big Raddy says:

    OG to start but still no Kos or Sagna

  245. chas says:

    Definitely prefer my women without cock and balls.

  246. Big Raddy says:

    So old fashioned 🙂

  247. ai-zed says:


  248. Big Raddy says:

    Bizarre 5 mins for OG. Accidently injures a player and is clearly upset, then scores a superb header

  249. kelsey says:

    I said France could surprise many.

    Giroud having a fine game.he really is built like an ox.

  250. Big Raddy says:

    If OG keeps playing like this PSG will be offering us €40+m and AW will take it.

  251. Big Raddy says:


    Good to see OG subbed – he had an excellent game

  252. ai-zed says:

    good game OG12

  253. RA says:

    I used to be a fan of Senderoz, but I long ago gave up wondering what happened to him.

    Puch it’s now France 5 Nil.

    Raddy, I must have been in with the wrong crowd – not only have I never had anything but prescription stuff, but no one ever tried to tempt me – well except buxom Brenda, but she was enough on her own, so to speak. 🙂

  254. Big Raddy says:

    RA, I think it was Raddy who was in a bad crowd – probably initiated by Raddy himself 😀

    Very enjoyable game tonight

  255. mickydidit89 says:

    Wow, just seen yesterday’s results.

    Italy Uruguay will now be epic and my money would be on U. Imagine that, Italy and Spain out at the first hurdle.

  256. mickydidit89 says:

    Solstice Day. I know some Druids. They’ll be robing up.

  257. Gööner In Exile says:

    Wondered why there were so many odd looking people on the M5 last night!

    In Bristol for friends 40th. Long way to come for one party. But last nights sunset made up for it.

    I think we have good sunsets in Norfolk, and then I travel west, and realise I’ve been kidding myself, sky was beautiful last night, although wasn’t great for driving for a large part with sunglasses and headlights on.

  258. mickydidit89 says:


    You get sunrise over the sea, we get sunset.

    I love floating in the sea, legs pointing out to America just as the sun goes below the horizon.

  259. mickydidit89 says:


    “If OG keeps playing like this PSG will be offering us €40+m and AW will take it”

    A straight swap for Cavani? Yes please, like a shot.

  260. chas says:

    Crystals must be into all of that solstice stuff, what with his psychic abilities.

  261. chas says:

    I’m really missing the fires I used to have in my old garden.

  262. Big Raddy says:

    Morning All,

    Why can’t you have fires in your new garden?

    Looking forward to robing up this evening

  263. Eddie says:

    devil worshiper

    How come that both Italy and Urugway played poo against Costa Rica and well against England? bloody match fixing if you ask me

  264. chas says:

    My garden is too small and neighbours would get smoked out.

  265. mickydidit89 says:


    There’s a dark, and rather sinister, side to our Raddy.

  266. Eddie says:

    I know Micky! you should read some of the books he recommended

    Smoking out the neighbours in a good thing, no?

    That handsome Frenchie did well yesterday, good, his price is going up, we can sell him for shitloads of euros and get a decent striker

  267. chas says:

    Smoking out the neighbours in a good thing, no?

    Is the correct answer ‘yes’ or is it ‘no’? I can never work it out.

  268. mickydidit89 says:


    Like your thinking on Ollie.

    By the way, you are being very quiet about your new neighbours

  269. Gööner In Exile says:

    Could always buy an incinerator, maybe not quite the same as those fires, but I normally get the flames coming out of all the holes, and the little chimney keeps the smoke going in the right direction once hot enough.

  270. Gööner In Exile says:

    Micky I’m never up early enough for sunrise

  271. Gööner In Exile says:

    Micky Eddies new neighbours are under her new patio already

  272. mickydidit89 says:

    Exile 🙂

    I do suspect she’s keeping a low profile for a reason

  273. chas says:

    I thought she was feeding them piece by piece into her bonfires.

  274. chas says:

    See you all later, no?

  275. Eddie says:

    Nonsence. I gave them some veggies yesterday and displayed 2 English flags outside , just like they all did. They are disappointed England is out of the WC as they have no excuse for another street party. I am the only foreigner there. For these reasons I have let the house out.

  276. Eddie says:

    eff off the devil worshiper, yes !

  277. kelsey says:

    What a doomer you are Raddy 😉

    Let’s sell the whole fecking team and have lots and lots of money

  278. Help help help ……… I promised myself that I’d use chas’ FA Cup Final post to cheer us up when England got knocked out of the World Cup ……..

    Is that an appropriate thought or shall I use GN5’s post that should have gone up yesterday?

  279. We have a New Post ………………….

  280. I know there’s a new post, but, as a French national, I had to thank you. Another great page in the history of AA !

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